October 26 2016

Honor Our Veterans and Remember Pearl Harbor Attack at Veterans Day Ceremony

By: BNEWS

Join the community in saying thanks and honoring those who risked all defending our nation and remembering those lost during at Pearl Harbor on the 75th Anniversary of the attack. 

 

The Burlington Veterans Service Office and the allied Veterans Council are inviting residents to attend the 2016 Veterans Day ceremony on Friday, November 11 at 10 a.m. on the Town Common. The ceremony will take place at the Veterans Memorial. 

 

The ceremony will include a opening remarks from Burlington Veterans Services Director Christopher Hanafin, a Call to Colors by the bugler, the BHS Marching Band and the Hanscom Civil Air Patrol Cadet Color Guard. The band will also play The Star Spangled Banner, God Bless America and the Armed Forces Tribute. 

 

Chaplin (Reverend) Francesco Passamonte will Lead the invocation and the Closing Prayer.

 

The guest speaker this year will be Emery Loiselle, who served a Yeoman in the U.S. Navy from 1942-1945, the event program states. Mr. Loiselle was born on June 8th, 1921 and grew up in Chelmsford, where his family owned a farm. He graduated from Chelmsford High School in 1939. He went on to work at the Boston Navy Yard in Charlestown. He was working as a typist at the navy yard when the news of the attack on Pearl Harbor hit the streets.

 

Mr. Loiselle enlisted in the Navy a few months after the attack, leaving behind a wife and eventually a baby girl to go serve aboard a barge in the Pacific. Mr. Loiselle served in the Navy until the end of the War in 1945. After the War, Mr. Loiselle moved to Burlington with his wife and daughter, where he has been a resident for almost 70 years. He is an avid archer, completing on the world stage, and recently won Gold at the World Senior Games. 

 

The ceremony this will year will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the invitation from Veteran Services explains. 

 

“A surprise military attack by the Imperial Japanese Navy was carried out against the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Territory on the morning of December 7th, 1941,” the invite states. “The attack caught the Pacific Fleet off guard, but luckily, all the carriers of the fleet were out to sea and unharmed.” 

 

“As the sun set on Pearl Harbor that day, 2,403 Americans were killed and 1,178 others were wounded. In total, eight battleships were damaged, with four being sunk. All but the USS Arizona were recovered, and six were returned to service and went on to fight in the war. The Japanese attack also sank or damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, one minelayer, along with 188 U.S. aircraft being destroyed.”

 

“The attack on Pearl Harbor was the catalyst that brought the U.S. into WWII. On December 8th, 1941, Congress declared war against the Japanese Empire, and three days later it declared war against Germany and Italy. The result of WWII was devastating, leading to the death of over 60 million people (3% of the world’s population), which still stands at the deathliest military conflict in history.” 

 

“For the United States, WWII was the deadliest war since the Civil War. Over 16 million men and women fought in WWII and over 400,000 were killed and another 600,000 were wounded.”

 

The ceremony will include a opening remarks from Burlington Veterans Services Director Christopher Hanafin, a Call to Colors by the bugler, the BHS Marching Band and the Hanscom Civil Air Patrol Cadet Color Guard. The band will also play The Star Spangled Banner, God Bless America and the Armed Forces Tribute. 

 

If, like it did on Memorial Day earlier this year, the weather turns bad, the ceremony will be held in the wooden gym in Burlington High School. If the location does change it will still begin at 10 a.m. 

 
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